Charleston City Council devoted much of this week's meeting to discussing feral cats and owners who own too many. These felines pose a health hazard.
Other cities have similar problems. Solano, Calif., conducted a study of the problem and found that of the 146 million cats in America, half are feral. The females produce on average nearly five kittens a year.
Charleston. S.C., developed a trap, neuter and release program with the American Society for Prevention of Cruelty to Animals in 2010. At the time, the city suffered 46 colonies of feral cats. The program includes vaccinating the cats before releasing them into the wild again.
The program is controversial as ornithologists point out that feral cats kill birds and small animals.
Still, council members should consider such a plan because it is one way to reduce the feline population without killing cats and their kittens.